Does my child need their own sewing machine to learn?
The first sewing lesson for a child is very important. They will begin on a sewing machine they will get used to and begin to understand, so what machine should it be? It depends.
- Do you sew and have a sewing machine already?
- Is it in good working order?
- Does your sewing machine have a speed adjustment of a slow speed?
- Do you plan on sewing at different times than your child?
Use existing sewing machine
If the answer to all of these is “Yes” then you do not need a separate machine for your child.
Consider a new sewing machine
If the answer is “No” to any of these questions, then you mayneed a new machine. If you do not already have a sewing machine, then you will need one.
If the sewing machine is not in good working order, first see about getting the machine serviced. The technician can tell you if it can be salvaged.
If your sewing machine does not have a slow speed control, you should be fine if your child is 12 or older to learn on. I actually recommend a speed control function for allbeginners.
Obviously, if you plan on sewing together side-by-side, then you will need 2 sewing machines. But if you are planning on teaching your child to sew, it is best that you do your sewing at a different time and your sewing machine will be fine to take turns.
When buying a sewing machine
The number one consideration for most parents is the cost. Although you want a low cost sewing machine, it should be at least to a certain standard that it is not considered a toy. You would not start your child with piano lessons on a toy piano. Nor would you take golf lessons with a plastic set of toy clubs. A sewing machine is an investment that should be taken seriously.
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